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Spectre of coronavirus quarantine haunts Hungarian democracy

Budapest - A "dictatorship" at the heart of the EU? A draft law to grant anti-coronavirus emergency measures set for adoption by Budapest has alarmed observers who fear it will hand Prime Minister Viktor Orban unlimited power.

Hungary opposition brakes passage of new emergency powers

Budapest - Hungary's opposition refused Monday to let the government fast-track a bill through parliament which would give the executive sweeping new powers, including the right to extend the state of emergency declared to fight the coronavirus.

Hungary border chaos continues as travellers trapped in limbo

Budapest - Travel chaos continued Thursday at Hungary's borders which were suddenly closed Monday in response to the coronavirus pandemic, with diplomats urging Budapest to let trapped citizens enter the country.

Captain on trial in Hungary over S.Korean tour boat disaster

Budapest - A Ukrainian cruise captain went on trial in Hungary on Wednesday over a collision on the river Danube last year that led to the deaths of 27 people, mostly South Korean tourists.

Romani TV channel plugs media gap in Hungary

Budapest - The message from a dingy Budapest studio is slick. Grinning staff of Hungarian cable channel Dikh TV shout at the camera: "About the Roma but not just for the Roma!

Budapest's Banksy disciple sparks treasure hunts and nostalgia

Budapest - Drawing inspiration from enigmatic British artist Banksy, a sculptor of tiny bronze statues has gained a cult following in the Hungarian capital Budapest by placing his quirky works around the city for the public to discover.

Hungary border patrol fires warning shots to stop crossings

Budapest - Hungarian border guards on Tuesday fired warning shots to deter dozens of people from crossing from the Serbian side following a reported spike in attempts to get into the EU's passport-free zone.

Hungary unveils 'Christian democratic'-based climate strategy

Budapest - Hungary unveiled a climate change strategy Thursday that has been described by Prime Minister Viktor Orban as a "Christian democratic" approach to tackling global warming.

Op-Ed: Katinka Hosszu is the 'One to Watch' at the 2020 Olympic Games

World-class Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu is the "One to Watch" at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. Hosszu is affectionately known as "The Iron Lady," and rightfully so.

Central European mayors sign 'pact of free cities'

Budapest - Four central European capitals, all at odds with their countries' populist governments, signed a deal Monday in Budapest to seek more EU funding together to bypass their nations' rulers.

Hungary plan to control theatres sparks protests

Budapest - Thousands of Hungarians demonstrated in Budapest on Monday against a government plan to wrest control of theatres, a move that protestors, including leading directors and the city's mayor, said would curb artistic freedom.

Hungary court orders govt apology over 'misleading' Soros survey

Budapest - Hungary's top court ruled on Wednesday that nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government had published "misleading and falsely presented facts" about a refugee rights group in a questionnaire sent to millions of households, the group said.

Erdogan threatens to open Europe gates for refugees

Budapest - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a visit to EU member Hungary repeated his threat Thursday to "open the gates" for millions of refugees eager to flee to Europe unless more international support was provided.

Hungary's Orban defends Russia cooperation as Putin visits

Budapest - Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Wednesday defended his cooperation with Russia after trade and energy talks with President Vladimir Putin, the latest in a series of meetings with Moscow's closest ally in the EU.

Hungary opposition wins Budapest in blow for PM Orban

Budapest - Hungary's opposition scored a shock win in the Budapest mayoralty election Sunday, the first electoral blow for nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban since he came to power in 2010.

Hungary opposition eyes Budapest, gains in local elections

Budapest - Hungarians go to the polls Sunday in municipal elections seen as a rare chance for the beleaguered opposition to roll back the power of nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Hungary anti-Orban opposition unites for 'high-stakes' vote

Budapest - Opposition parties in Hungary have moved to cooperate in municipal elections this weekend in an attempt to roll back the power of nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Boris Johnson following 'will of the people': Hungary FM

Budapest - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was praised as an "excellent politician" by Hungary's foreign minister Friday, who said criticism of the embattled Briton was "mostly unwarranted".

Hungary's Orban commiserates with 'fellow combatant' Salvini

Budapest - Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban commiserated Thursday with Italy's outgoing far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, calling him a "fellow combatant" in the fight for the "preservation of European Christian heritage and against mig...

Merkel, Orban mark Iron Curtain anniversary amid new divides

Budapest - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the city of Sopron Monday to commemorate a pivotal moment in the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989.
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